Stimulating research interest and ambitions in undergraduate nursing students

The research-doctorate pipeline initiative

Carolyn R. Smith, Donna S. Martsolf, Claire Draucker, Donna Z. Shambley-Ebron, Tracy J. Pritchard, Jeffrey Maler

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Abstract

Background: Innovative strategies may support the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to increase the number of doctorally prepared nurses by 50% by 2020. Moreover, strategies implemented may increase the number and diversity of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-prepared nurses in particular. Method: The purpose of this article is to describe the approaches used by one college of nursing to enact a research-doctorate pipeline initiative to inspire a diverse pool of undergraduate students to consider pursuing a PhD degree. Principles that served as the foundation for this pipeline initiative are identified. Results: Sixteen undergraduate students, with varying degrees of research interest, participated in this initiative. Students contributed an average of 35 hours as full members of research teams, and 94% completed the experience. Students with initial low interest in research reported enhanced interest after participation. Overall student experiences were positive and influenced future career plans. Conclusion: Lessons learned and future steps for the pipeline initiative are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Stimulating research interest and ambitions in undergraduate nursing students : The research-doctorate pipeline initiative. / Smith, Carolyn R.; Martsolf, Donna S.; Draucker, Claire; Shambley-Ebron, Donna Z.; Pritchard, Tracy J.; Maler, Jeffrey.

In: Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 55, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 133-140.

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Smith, Carolyn R. ; Martsolf, Donna S. ; Draucker, Claire ; Shambley-Ebron, Donna Z. ; Pritchard, Tracy J. ; Maler, Jeffrey. / Stimulating research interest and ambitions in undergraduate nursing students : The research-doctorate pipeline initiative. In: Journal of Nursing Education. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 3. pp. 133-140.
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